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Amazon's ComiXology Aims to Rekindle Digital Comics Market with 'Unlimited' Plan
May 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

If you like binge-watching comics themed TV shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead or Wynonna Earp through subscription-based video services, there’s now a comparable way to get up to speed on the comics themselves without spending a fortune on single issues or graphic novels. ComiXology, the digital…

Simon & Schuster Slapped with Ebook Royalty Class Action Lawsuit
May 23, 2016 at 9:31 am

A book is a book, except when it comes to ebook royalties. That's the premise of a class action lawsuit filed on Thursday, May 19, 2016, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York by class representative Sheldon Blau, MD. The lawsuit alleges Simon & Schuster has been cheating its authors by improperly categorizing…

Waterstones Cuts Ebook Deal with Kobo
May 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

Waterstones is to stop selling ebooks from its website and instead divert customers to Kobo’s reading platform for digital sales. The chain book store will begin informing customers of the change from 14th June and explain how those who already have Waterstones digital libraries can transfer them to Kobo’s platform.

Goodreads Is Finally Cashing in on Its Devoted Community
May 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm

The premise of Goodreads is simple, as it has been since the service launched in 2007: Track the books you read, leave ratings and reviews, and network with fellow readers. In practice, though, the platform has grown to be a sprawling literary social network, equal parts Facebook, Yelp, and Reddit. Message boards, recommendations, and listicles…

Academic Publishing Meets Open Access
May 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

If you want to read an article from the Journal of Financial Economics, and you don't have a subscription or access to a library that does, publisher Elsevier will charge you $39.95. For one article! Don't despair, though. You can also just go to the Social Science Research Network, where drafts -- in some cases…

W3C and IDPF: Better Together?
May 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

I am both an insider and an outsider. I now work for the “big five” trade publisher Hachette, but I started working with ebooks fifteen years ago, and have made thousands over the years. Of course, there were things about EPUB that were maddening, but that’s just the way it was. I vaguely knew that…

How iBooks Author Is Quietly Winning the Innovation Game
May 16, 2016 at 11:38 am

Before Steve Jobs passed away, he oversaw the creation of iBooks Author, a technology he hoped would "digitally destroy" the educational textbook market. This software would make it easier than ever before to publish a digital book. And by including multimedia, such as high-resolution photography, audio, and video, it would make it easier than ever…

Press Release: Exact Editions Launches Digital Books Service for Institutional Market
May 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

LONDON — May 12, 2016 — Exact Editions, has today launched a brand new digital books service. In partnership with four publishers, Exact Editions are using their expertise to deliver books in a new digital format, specifically aimed at the institutional market. The service launches with a range of books for the academic market, with…

The Future of Ebook Annotations Is Near & the Possibilities Are Endless
May 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

“The typical experience with digital books these days is pretty terrible,” said Dan Whaley, CEO of Hypothes.is, during the opening remarks of an IDPF DigiCon session on Wednesday. “We can read books on a Kindle, tablet, and online and that’s great, but our ability to collaborate with other people while doing that is essentially nonexistent.”…

What the Inventor of the World Wide Web Sees for the Future of Ebooks
May 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 with the goal of making content on the internet interoperable and accessible, and today it is the primary way that people access the internet. Berners-Lee, keynote speaker at IDPF DigiCon @ BEA 2016, has a similar vision for the ebook and believes that publishers can…

At IDPF, ‘Japan and the World’: A Few Words With Alvin Lu
May 9, 2016 at 8:38 am

Alvin Lu is General Manager of San Francisco’s Kodansha Advanced Media, the digital division of Japan’s publishing powerhouse Kodansha. And on Tuesday (May 10) as part of the International Digital Book Fair’s (IDPF) DigiCon conference event ahead of the opening of BookExpo America, Lu will make an address titled “Global Update: Japan and the World.”…

How to Manage the Digital Development Process
May 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

In this post-digital age, publishers are in a position to reach audiences across many different devices and digital platforms and package their products in increasingly creative ways. Stories can be brought to life through interactive ebooks, games, mobile apps, and more. These channels offer powerful ways to monetize content, grow loyal audiences, and stay competitive…

IDPF DigiCon Will Highlight Ebook UX, Data & D2C Sales
May 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Next week I’ll be attending IDPF DigiCon in Chicago on May 10th and 11th. Now boasting a new name and location, DigiCon looks to tackle many challenges within the book industry brought on by rapidly changing technology. Sessions ask forward-looking questions like: How can publishers reimagine the ebook as an open and cross-platform experience? How…

HarperCollins Inexplicably Turns to Bookshout to Offer Ebook Downloads
May 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

If there’s one thing readers love it’s extra reading apps on their iOS and Android devices. A few years ago there were about a dozen – apps for long-form writing, apps for books, apps that let publishers monetize (not really) by offering their own downloads. Now there’s Kindle. And, we learn today in a press…

Bookstores Can Double Their Sales by Offering Print/Ebook Bundles
May 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

When it comes to Shelfie's ebook/print bundles, it's pretty clear how consumers and publishers benefit; one gets a discount on their digital purchase, and the other gets a reader's email address (marketing opportunities). But there's one question no one seems to be asking: how do bookstores benefit?

Six Challenges that Juggernaut, the Phone-Based Publishing Company, Must Overcome
May 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Sunny Leone has probably never faced such a challenge in her life. Being at the vanguard of Juggernaut’s audacious new publishing venture — all you can read, but on a smartphone app — she will now show the way for whether the company set up by Chiki Sarkar with Durga Raghunath will be a success.…

The Survey Says – Without XML You’re Leaving Money on the Table
May 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and the Center for Informational Development (CIDM) asked publishers how they are developing and publishing their content in our 4th annual survey, “Following the Trends.” With close to 350 participants ranging from writers to content strategists, information architects, and publishers, the breadth of knowledge and insight was prodigious. Each year this…

Amazon Profits Soar Thanks to Cloud Business
May 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Last week Amazon announced its first quarter sales for 2016. Sales increased 28% to $29.1 billion. CEO Jeff Bezos credited this jump to the popularity of Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire, Fire TV Stick, and Amazon Echo. Bezos said in a press release that, “Amazon devices are the top selling products on Amazon. . .…

Press Release: Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion
May 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm

SEATTLE — April 28, 2016 — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.8 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2015. Free cash flow increased to $6.4 billion for the trailing…